Staff Spotlight: Reiko Chosokabe
Reiko Chosokabe is a communication specialist and coordinator at the North Carolina Japan Center, which is a unit of the Office of Global Engagement. The NC Japan Center serves as a focal point for interaction between Japan and North Carolina, and is a statewide resource intended to assist all citizens, universities, companies, and public and private institutions in relations with Japan.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in Tokyo, Japan, and moved to North Carolina in 1992. In Japan, I majored in child education and child psychology at Otsuma Women’s University, concentrating in special education for pre-elementary children, people with disabilities, and the elderly. I did internships in a kindergarten, preschools, and a facility for people with disabilities as part of my practical training. My professional career began at Marubeni Electronics where I served as a marketing coordinator, and then I became a facilities coordinator at Nortel Networks. Working within global companies, I learned different corporate cultures, policies, and management styles, which now helps me effectively support the NC Japan Center to aid people with various backgrounds. After I moved to NC, I also worked at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Sanki North America, where I gained experience in administrative duties.
How long have you been with NC State and the Office of Global Engagement?
I have been working at the NC Japan Center since 2001.
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